Federal

Tax Bill Would be a “Triple Hit” To Californians and Our Health Care

California Congressmembers are expected to vote Thursday on a decidedly anti-California tax bill, which in order to provide a tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, would raise taxes for many middle-income families, and force future cuts to key health care programs and other core services. If passed, it would be merged with the Senate […] Read More

State of Resistance: California Working Overtime to Withstand Multiple Trump Attacks on our Health System

California policymakers, regulators, and advocates are being forced to take extraordinary steps to protect patients and our health system from sabotage by the Trump Administration. The latest and most shocking administrative attack was last night’s announcement that the White House is withholding funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), payments which have already been budgeted and contracted […] Read More

Defunding Already-Budgeted CSRs Will Force Premium Spikes and Cause Confusion in Our Health Care Market

President Trump’s move to stop payment on $7 billion in aid to low-income Americans to afford health care is deliberately destructive and destabilizing. These cost-sharing reductions (or CSRs) are funds that have already been allocated to help reduce co-pays and deductibles for low-income consumers. This decision will force insurers to spike premiums to reclaim these […] Read More

Trump Executive Order Undermines Insurance Markets, But California Can Take Steps to Protect Coverage & Affordability

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that threatens to undermine insurance markets around the country. It directs federal agencies to craft rules allowing broader use of Association Health Plans and short-term health insurance, creating large loopholes in the Affordable Care Act’s requirements around minimum benefits and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Consumer and health […] Read More

Challenges and Opportunities with Congress Back in Session

Congress is back in session today. The good news is that there are bipartisan hearings scheduled, with testimony from a group of bipartisan Governors who last week released a series of recommendations for improving the ACA, including funding the cost-sharing reductions, reinsurance, fixing the family glitch, aggressive outreach and enrollment, and more. The bad news […] Read More

Despite Trump’s Threat to Democrats, Budget Fight on ACA Subsidies Holds Hostages in GOP Districts, Too

Over the weekend, President Trump again threatened in a tweet to defund regularly scheduled cost-sharing subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, worth $7 billion dollars nationally, and $700 million in California. But despite his tweet stating that “the Dems need big money to keep it going,” our new analysis shows that about 200,000 Californians who benefit from […] Read More

Reps. Denham and Knight, in their own words…

A California Congressmember’s position on the American Health Care Act should be a no-brainer, once it is clear that millions more people would lose health coverage as a result. Unfortunately, some Congressmembers voted for the bill in various committee, including from California: Rep. Mimi Walters, Rep. Devon Nunes, Rep. Duncan Hunter, and Rep. Tom McClintock. […] Read More